How many Doctor Who stars have crossed over to the George Lucas space opera, and vice versa?
Here are some of the more notable actors and actresses who’ve made the leap.
Yup, let’s start with a biggie.
Dave Prowse, the man behind that troubled and wheezy mask, graced Doctor Who as the Minotaur in a not-quite-so classic tale from 1972, The Time Monster.
Oddly, Darth Vader has only been referenced once in the long-running children’s show – in the final story from the classic era, Survival (it was the nickname of a plumber Ace’s friend had married).
David Tennant and Simon Pegg
You might be sitting there thinking, ‘WTF?’ But these two provided voices in the animated series, The Clone Wars.
Pegg, who starred in 2005 Doctor Who episode The Long Game, portrayed bounty hunter and fan favourite Dengar whilst the former Tenth Doctor popped in to voice Jedi architect droid Professor Huyang for just two episodes.
Tennant won an Emmy for his role. No, really.
Another well-loved bounty hunter, Fett was played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (the actor also appeared sans mask in the former and Revenge of the Sith as different characters).
Bulloch first appeared in Doctor Who in 1965’s The Space Museum and then again, more memorably, nine years later as Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior.
The Phantom Menace
This Star Wars episode has Doctor Who stars coming of its ears. If a film could have ears that is.
Legends Brian Blessed and Lindsay Duncan both provided their vocal talents (as Boss Nass and protocol droid TC-14 respectively) whilst Celia Imrie starred as the first female fighter pilot.
Blessed made a shouty Eighties appearance in The Trial of a Time Lord, Duncan starred in David Tennant’s penultimate story, the creepy The Waters of Mars, and Imrie guested alongside Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman in The Bells of St. John.
And check out greedy actor Silas Carson who gets FOUR roles in the film (two of them are amongst the first you see) – he has voiced squid-like alien the Ood in many episodes of Doctor Who.
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
This year’s hotly anticipated and seventh episode of the saga will see two actors from Doctor Who travel to a galaxy far, far away (but not quite as long ago).
Returning to Star Wars, having appeared in both the classic and prequel trilogies, is Warwick Davies, who played the Emperor of the Universe in the Neil Gaiman episode, Nightmare In Silver (2013).
We don’t know who she’s starring as in Episode VII, but actress Christina Chong became a hit with Who fans in the Matt Smith episode A Good Man Goes To War (2011) as Lorna Bucket. (Metro)
Then out of canon is Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) who was “Dr. Who” in the 1960’s Daleks theatrical movies.